Prison officers also known as correctional officers supervise, control activities and care for the welfare and rehabilitation of inmates in prisons and correctional institutions.

Where prison officers are employed

Prison officers mainly work in public administration and safety. They are also employed by the Department for Correctional Services.


Full-time prison officers in South Australia generally earn between $1,000 and $1,249 per week.

Graph of pay scales for Prison Officers

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 797 people employed full-time as prison officers in South Australia compared with 635 in 2006.

How to become one

You can work as a prison officer without formal qualifications but employers usually require year 10. To gain employment you will need to complete an assessment examination with the Department for Correctional Services.

The assessment includes literacy and numeracy tests and a psychological questionnaire. Successful applicants are then interviewed and are required to undergo a pre-employment medical examination and pass a National Police Check. If offered employment you must complete an induction and training and show satisfactory performance in the 12-month traineeship period.

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